A Houston man was arrested after he shot a Palmer Police officer with a department-issued pistol during a Saturday afternoon traffic stop.
Jose Guadalupe Cano Jr., 22, has been charged with aggravated assault against a public servant and attempt to take a weapon from an officer.
“At approximately 3:50 p.m., a Palmer Police officer stopped a Ford Mustang on the northbound shoulder of Interstate Highway 45 in Palmer for a traffic violation,” Palmer Police Chief John Zaidle said. “Preliminary information indicates the officer approached and identified the occupants.”
During the traffic stop, police determined one of the occupants, Cano, had an outstanding warrant for aggravated sexual assault from Collin County. Cano was in the back seat of the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop.
The officer attempted to take Cano into custody, but he resisted and fled on foot. A stun gun was unsuccessful in an attempt to stop Cano.
“The individual attempted to take the officer’s sidearm when the weapon discharged. The suspect was then taken into custody with the assistance of members of the public,” Zaidle stated. “The officer sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the encounter. The suspect also was not seriously injured. The individual was taken to the Ellis County jail for the outstanding warrant.”
The officer involved, Spencer Batchelor, was treated and released at the scene for a grazing wound to his leg. Batchelor has been with the department for the past five months.
Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Sara Warren said, at the request of the Palmer Police Department, the Texas Rangers are investigating the incident involving the police officer firearm discharge.
Zaidle explained the Texas Rangers will serve as the lead investigators and the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office is assisting. The Palmer Police Department is doing the administrative investigation, which is protocol to make sure that all policies and procedures were followed. Batchelor is on paid administrative leave at this time.
According to the Wayne McCollum Detention Center’s website, Cano was booked in at 11:02 p.m. on Saturday. He remains in custody with bonds totaling $575,000.